CSU Announces Cross-Country Schedule

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University cross country head coach JD Evilsizer announced the 2011 season schedule comprising of eight events including the Peach Belt Championship, the Southeast Regional and the NCAA Championship.

Both the men's and women's teams will be competing at the same events throughout the 2011 campaign.

The season gets underway on September 3rd as the Cougars will compete in the Georgia Invitational in Rome, Georgia. CSU will have a short turnaround as they look to defend their tittles in the Georgia Southwestern Remembrance Run on September 10th.

On Saturday September 17th, Coach Evilsizer will get a precursor of what the PBC Championships will look like when the teams compete in the Bridgestone-Pacer Invitational hosted by USC Aiken. Most of the Peach Belt schools will be competing in the event.

Columbus State will compete in arguably their toughest regular season meet on October 1st in the McAlpine Park Invitation in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Cougars return home to host their only meet on the schedule on October 8th as the Cougars host the ninth annual Cougar Invitation at the JD Evilsizer Track and Field Complex in Smiths Station, Alabama.

The schedule turns into postseason mode following the home meet as the Cougars travel back to Aiken, South Carolina for the 2011 Peach Belt Championship races on October 22nd.  The women's team has won the PBC championship for six straight seasons while the men's squad has captured five in a row.

From there, Columbus State hopes to qualify for the NCAA Southeast Regional on November 5th which will be hosted by Queens College in Charlotte.  The men's team finished as runners-up last season in the event while the ladies finished third.

The NCAA Championships will be held on November 19th in Spokane, Washington as the men's team will be looking for the fourth consecutive trip to nationals. Last season, Meshack Koyiaki just missed out on becoming Columbus State's first individual national champion in cross country finishing just seconds shy of first.  The Lady Cougars have qualified once for the event which came in 2009.